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"underhand" in British English

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underhandadjective

uk   /ˌʌn.dəˈhænd/  us   /-dɚ-/ mainly UK (US usually underhanded) disapproving

underhandadjective, adverb

uk   /ˌʌn.dəˈhænd/  us   /-dɚ-/ US (UK underarm)
(done by) ​moving the ​arm below ​shoulderlevel: underhand ​throwing He ​pitched underhand for the ​youngerchildren.
Opposite
(Definition of underhand from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"underhand" in American English

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underhandadjective, adverb [not gradable]

 us   /ˈʌn·dərˌhænd/
(done) by ​moving the ​arm from back to ​front with the ​hand below ​shoulderlevel and with the ​innerpart of the ​handfacingforward: an underhand ​toss
(Definition of underhand from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"underhand" in Business English

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underhandadjective

uk   us   /ˌʌndəˈhænd/ UK (US also underhanded)
done secretly, and sometimes dishonestly, in ​order to ​achieve an ​advantage: This is an underhand attempt to ​resumecommercial whaling. Insurers have been ​accused of using underhand ​tactics to ​reduce the ​amount of ​compensationpaid to ​homeowners who have been missold a ​mortgageendowmentpolicy. underhanded ​methods/​tactics
(Definition of underhand from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “underhand”
in Chinese (Simplified) 秘密的,偷偷摸摸的…
in Turkish el altından, gizlice, gizli olarak…
in Russian тайный, сомнительный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 秘密的,偷偷摸摸的…
in Polish nieuczciwy, podstępny…
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